Real's Khedira likely to miss Barcelona clash in CL

AP, Friday 22 Apr 2011

Real Madrid is likely to be without midfielder Sami Khedira for the first leg of its Champions League semifinal against Barcelona.

Real Madrid German midfielder Sami Khedira

Khedira was left out of the squad for Saturday's league match at Valencia with what coach Jose Mourinho called a muscle injury that compromises his chances of making next Wednesday's match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

The Germany midfielder played a key role in Madrid's 1-0 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

Khedira, Xabi Alonso and Pepe created a defensive bloc that helped neutralize Barcelona's dangerous attack, which didn't manage a shot for the first 51 minutes of the domestic cup final.

Angel Di Maria and Emmanuel Adebayor will also miss Saturday's match because of injury.

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